February 2013

1994 Foxes Home Game #18 – May 28

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 28
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kenny Fitzpatrick
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brian Doughty
CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy, 79°
ATTENDANCE: 2,587
94doughtyIn game #17, the Foxes rolled against the South Bend Silver Hawks behind the pitching of Ryan Franklin.  In game 18, Appleton returns home after a six game road trip to face the Royals.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Delwyn Young – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Chad Dunavan – rf
James Clifford – 1b

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Eric Walls – cf
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Sal Fasano – c
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Eduardo Cedeno – 3b
Carlos Subero – ss
O.J. Rhone – lf

The Royals struck first.  Foxes starting pitcher Brian Doughty walked Jeremy Carr to start the game.  Carr stole second and third.  Braxton Hickman drove in Carr with a single.

The Foxes had trouble breaking through against Kenny Fitzpatrick, the Rockford starter.  They would have put a runner on in three of the first four innings, but those runners all reached with two outs.  Delwyn Young had one of those two-out hits, a double in the fourth inning, for his first Goodland Field hit.  

Doughty had settled in and kept the score at 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth. 

Marcus Sturdivant singled to start the Foxes fifth.  James Clifford drew a walk with one out.  Mike Barger followed with a double to right to drive in Sturdivant.  BUT, Clifford was out 9-2-5 at third base for the second out.  Fitzpatrick retired Patel for the final out of the fifth.
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Doughty got into trouble in the top of the sixth when he walked Carr to start the inning.  Hickman stepped to the plate with one out and launched a homer to right-center to put the Royals up 3-1.  Sal Fasano drew a walk and that was it for Doughty.

Robert Krueger took over for Doughtry and gave up a two-run homer to right to Mike Evans and Rockford was up 5-1.

The Royals expanded their lead in the seventh inning when Krueger hit Eric Walls with a pitch and Hickman doubled to right-center for another RBI – his fourth of the game – and a 6-1 advantage.

Fitzpatrick gave way for Glendon Rusch in the bottom of the seventh.  Appleton got to Rusch for a run on consecutive singles by Dunavan and Clifford to put runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly by Barger.

But, Marty Winchester gave up two runs in the top of the eighth.  Evans doubled.  Oscar Jimenez drove in Evans with a single. One out later, Carlos Subero – future Clinton LumberKings manager – knocked in Jimenez with a single for an 8-2 lead.

In the eighth, Raul Ibanez doubled to start the inning.  He scored on a two-out double by Sturdivant.
ibanez94Robin Cope came on to pitch the top of the ninth, but he gave up two more runs.  Hickman singled – his fourth hit of the game – and Fasano singled.  Then, pinch hitter Carlos Mendez doubled in the first tally of the frame.  Then, a fielder’s choice by Eduardo Cedeno got Fasano across the plate for a 10-2 score.

Clifford doubled to start the bottom of the ninth, but Rusch retired the next three batters to end the game.  A strike out of A-Rod was the final out.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Marcus Sturdivant: 2-for-3, double, walk, run, RBI
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, walk, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, double, run
Sal Fasano: 1-for-4, walk, K, 2 runs
Glenson Rusch: 3IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 2K, SAVE

Delwyn Young was 30 years old and had been out of affiliated baseball since 1990 when he played for the Foxes in 1994.  Young had been a 3rd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1981 and had played in the Midwest League with the Cedar Rapids Reds - along with some big names in Reds baseball (Chris Sabo and  Kal Daniels) in 1983.  Young returned to the MWL in 1987 with the Burlington Expos.  He made it as high up as Triple A with the Toledo Mudhens, a Detroit affiliate, in 1988 and 1989.

The Delwyn Young who played 14 games for the Foxes in 1994 is not to be confused with the Delwyn Young who played for the Dodgers and Pirates from 2006 through 2010.

The loss dropped the Foxes home record to 11-7 through their first 18 home games of the 1994 season.

CLICK FOR THE PDF’s:
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1994 Foxes Home Game #17 – May 21

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Scott Eyre
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: Hot, 84°
ATTENDANCE: 3,196

In Game 16, the Foxes received strong pitching from Tim Harikkala and Matt Mantei to beat the Silver Hawks.  The biggest crowd of the 1994 season (to date) is on hand for Game 17 on a beautiful Saturday night at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – 1b
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jose Cuellar – dh

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Byron Matthews – cf
Jason Evans – lf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – dh
Andre Newhouse – rf
Juan Thomas – 1b
Jimmy Reyes – 3b
Wil Polidor – ss

The Silver Hawks started the game with single runs in both the first and second innings.  Byron Matthews doubled to start the game and he would score on a sacrifice fly by Julio Vinas.  In the second, Andre Newhouse doubled to start the second, went to third on a grounder, and scored on a play at the plate when catcher Alex Sutherland dropped a throw.

The Foxes rallied in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of runs off Scott Eyre.  Raul Ibanez singled with one out and Sutherland walked with two out.  Chad Dunavan, who had homered in each of the last two home games, would double to drive in two runs to even the game.
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Appleton took their first lead of the game in the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez doubled to start the inning.  Ibanez followed with an RBI double.  Brian Wallace made it 4-2 with an RBI single.  Later in the inning, Jose Cuellar singled to drive in Wallace for a 5-2 lead.
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Franklin gave up a run in the top of the sixth.  Greg Norton singled to start the inning.  He was still at first with two outs.  Then, Jimmy Reyes tripled and the Foxes were up 5-3.

Franklin went back out for the seventh inning and Matthews reached on an error by Ibanez.  Matthews tried to steal second and was thrown out by Sutherland.  Evans would walk, but Franklin got out of the inning by getting Menechino to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

Robert Krueger came on in relief of Franklin for the eighth and had three strikeouts and a walk.  But, he ran into trouble in the ninth.
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Wil Polidor reached with one out after an error on Rodriguez.  Matthews singled and Evans walked and Krueger was out of the game in favor of Dean Crow.

Crow got Menechino to ground into a force play at third for the second out, but Polidor scored to cut the Foxes lead to a run.

Crow would throw a wild pitch to put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second.  He would escape by getting Vinas to ground out to third for the final out and a 5-4 Foxes victory.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, WIN
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2B, RUN, Error
Raul Ibanez: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RUNS, Error
Scott Eyre: 3.2IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K, Loss

Appleton won the game despite committing five errors.  Rodriguez, Ibanez, Franklin, Wallace, and Sutherland were all charged with errors.

The Foxes are 11-6 in the first 17 home games of the 1994 season.

After this game, Appleton hit the road for four games at Kane County and two games at Rockford.  Game #18 will be up tomorrow.  It is a May 28 tilt with the Rockford Cubbies returning to Goodland Field.

CLICK FOR THE PDF’s:
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Renovation Update – Episode 12.96

Why not start with the shot with the most interest? Let’s go!

Club Level Seat View

This is the view you will have from the outside seats on the club level….except for the wire. That will be gone…the snow will be gone, too.

Inside Suite Four

The drywall is up in Suite Four.

Ouside Suite Four

This is from where the seats outside Suite Four will be. You can see into Suited Five & Six.

Inside the third base concourse

Inside the expanded concession stand at the end of the third base concourse.

Outside Third Base Concession Stand

And the view from the outside.

Brew City Grill

And this is inside the expanded Brew City Grill at the end of the First Base Concourse.

Rob's Office

A look inside the Boss’s office.

Mary's desk

The is the view of the reception area from the reception desk.

View from the front of the store

Paint in the team store.

Weight Room

This is the new weight room for the team. The floor has been poured. Hope it was okay to walk on it.

Beach view

The view from the beach.

Front view

And the view from the front of the stadium.

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

I don’t have all of the walkoff details for the 1999 season.  That year will have to be on hold for right now.  So let us skip back to a year of more recent vintage, 2008.

The ’08 Rattlers had a bad year. But, there were some exciting finishes.  Sadly, there were a lot more exciting finishes for the opponents in the final season as an affiliate of the Mariners.  There were a lot of excellent Timber Rattlers pitching performances wasted in this season, too.  The odd thing that you will notice about the four Timber Rattlers walkoff wins during that season is that all came in an extra inning.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

Walkoff Heroes of 2008.

 

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (5):
DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Scott Robinson
PITCHER: Justin Friend
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Scott Robinson hits a two-run home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Kane County 2
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers trailed 2-0 until Robinson scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.  Alex Liddi tied the game with a two-out RBI single to drive in Edilio Colina in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Scott Robinson hit a home run on the first pitch he got in the ninth for the game winner.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He's in there somewhere.

This may be the only photo of Scott Robinson in a Timber Rattlers uniform that we have. He’s in there somewhere.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Gavin Dickey
PITCHER: Wayne Daman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Gavin Dickey hits a leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Quad Cities 3 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Daman got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.  Dickey drilled a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for the game winning homer in the bottom of the tenth.

DATE: June 6
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Blake Ochoa
PITCHER: Matt Spade
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Blake Ochoa singles with the bases loaded and no outs to drive in Gavin Dickey.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 6, Quad Cities 5 (10)
NOTE: Quad Cities took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Domnit Bolivar.  The Rattlers had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Pete Parisi struck out Maximo Mendez, but the ball skipped to the backstop and Dickey scored the tying run!  Spade faced four batters in the bottom of the eleventh: Dickey singled, Denny Almonte doubled, Calvin Beamon was intentionally walked, and Ochoa, who entered the game after Scott Robinson pinch-hit for Israel Nunez in the bottom of the ninth, singled in the winning run.

DATE: June 22
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Alex Liddi
PITCHER: Chris Chavez
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Alex Liddi RBI single with two outs drove in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3 (11)
NOTE: Juan Ramirez (now known as JC Ramirez in the Phillies organization) had a 3-2 lead with two outs and none on in the top of the ninth inning.  Pinch-hitter Clint Robinson hit a 3-2 pitch out of the ballpark to tie the game.  In the tenth, Colina was a first with one out and Joe Dunigan at the plate.  Dunigan reached on catcher’s interference to keep the inning alive.  Liddi singled to left and Colina scored for the victory.

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Juan Diaz
PITCHER: Brent Lysander
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Juan Diaz singles to drive in Edilio Colina from second.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Kane County 1 (11)
NOTE: Michael Pineda pitched six scoreless innings.  Phillippe Aumont relieved in the seventh and gave up a run on a two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth.  Colina doubled to start the bottom of the eleventh against Lysander – the sixth Kane County pitcher of the game.  Diaz singled on the first pitch of his at bat to drive in Colina.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

This was the Timber Rattlers final walkoff victory of the Mariners Era.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (7):

DATE: June 14 (Day game of a Day-Night Doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Jonathan Green
PITCHER: Ryan Moorer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Green singled with two outs to drive in pinch-runner Matt Lawson from second.
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (10)
NOTE: Neftali Feliz was the starting pitcher for Clinton and he struck out eleven in 5-1/3 innings.  Ian Gac singled with two outs in the bottom of the tenth.  Lawson pinch-ran and stole second.  Moorer walked Mitch Moreland, but Green singled to score the winning run and clinch a playoff spot for the LumberKings.

DATE: June 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Johnny Giavotella
PITCHER: Justin Souza
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Giavotella singled with two outs to drive in Jamar Walton.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Walton started the tenth inning rally with a double, but was still at second base with two outs.  Souza intentionally walked Adrian Ortiz and was ahead of Giavotella 0-2 before giving up the game-winning hit.

DATE: June 30
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: David Lough
PITCHER: Joe Kantakevich
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single with two outs by Lough drove in Adrian Ortiz
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1 (11)
NOTE: The Bees had the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth inning, but Keith Meyer got a 5-2-3 double play and Jose Escalona came on to get the final out and send the game to extra innings.  Escalona started the eleventh inning by allowing a walk and a bunt single.  He would get a strikeout, but through a wild pitch with Mike Moustakas at the plate.  Escalona intentionally walked Moustakas and Kantakevich took over.  He got a force out at the plate on a grounder to third, but Lough ended the game with his RBI single.

DATE: July 13
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Lance Zawadzki
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Lance Zawadzki singled with two outs to drive in Anthony Contreras
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Wisconsin had a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth inning behind six shutout innings by Brett Lorin and two scoreless innings by Jeff Dunbar.  Then, Rob Harmon came into the game.  Harmon allowed a single – with an error on Maximo Mendez in center allowing the tying run to get to second base.  A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk loaded the bases.  Another walk – this one to Danny Payne – drove in the tying run. Escalona got a popup for the second out, but Zawadzki singled on a 1-1 pitch for the game-winner.

DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Mitch Moreland
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Mitch Moreland drove in Davis Stoneburner
FINAL SCORE: Clinton 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE: Daniel Carroll tied the game 4-4 with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.  But, Escalona gave up a double to Stoneburner to start the bottom of the ninth.  A single by Engel Beltre put runners on the corners.  Escalona got an out with a strikeout.  Then, Moreland singled in the winning run.

DATE: August 16
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Jake Smith
PITCHER: Keith Meyer
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jake Smith doubles with one out to drive in two run.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE:  Michael Pineda pitched five scoreless innings for the Rattlers.  Joe Dunigan and Denny Almonte hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and Wisconsin would score a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-1 lead.  Jeff Dunbar came on to start the bottom of the ninth.  He faced five batters and did not retire any of those batters: Walk, single, RBI single, RBI single, RBI single.  All of a sudden the Rattlers lead was down to 5-4.  Meyer came on to get the first out.  Then, Smith doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.  Do I mention that the Rattlers were 18-36 at this point of the second half after the loss?  I hate this game.

DATE: August 31
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: John O’Donnell Stadium
BATTER: Niko Vasquez
PITCHER: Jose Escalona
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-runner Tommy Pham beat a throw from second baseman Alex Meneses to the plate.
FINAL SCORE: Quad Cities 10, Wisconsin 11
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 9-5 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.  Quad Cities scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 lead.  Wisconsin rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth as Alex Liddi scored on a groundout by Blake Ochoa.  But, in the bottom of the ninth…Rob Harmon allowed a leadoff double to Francisco Rivera.  Pham pinch ran as Jose Escalona entered the game for Harmon.  Domnit Bolivar singled to put runners on the corners and took second on defensive indifference.  Vasquez sent a slow grounder to Meneses at second base and Pham beat the throw to the plate.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Thank you, Bob Bruehl

Bob Bruehl stopped by the temporary offices of the Timber Rattlers on Monday with a folder and something else under his arm.  Mr. Bruehl, a bat boy for the Appleton Foxes in 1964, said that he was clearing some stuff out of his house and asked if we would like to have what he didn’t need anymore.

We saw what he had and we said yes.

If you remember this Mehring Monday column from this past December, we are looking for items from the history of Appleton baseball to help decorate the newly renovated Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  I would like to think that Mr. Bruehl read that column and decided to bring the items below in to us.  But, if he didn’t, that’s fine, too.

Thank you, sir.  We will find a place for these pieces of Appleton Baseball History.

Here is a photo of an old Foxes Seat Cushion and a 1984 Foxes program with some autographs.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program.  Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program. Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

In the folder, were photos of Foxes teams from 1963, 1964, 1967, and 1969.  The teams of 1964, 1967, and 1969 won the Midwest League pennant.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to - or promoted from - the team after the photo. was taken.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to – or promoted from – the team after the photo. was taken.

Rattler Alumni Report – Aussie Playoff & Caribbean Series Edition

The two former Timber Rattlers in the Australia Baseball League Preliminary Final were on the losing side.  The evergreen Carlos Maldonado was on the winning side in the Venezuelan Championship series and there are a few ex-Rattlers participating in the Caribbean Series that started in Hermosilla, Mexico over the weekend. 

Stats are updated through Sunday.  To see the stats of ex-Rattlers who did not play in the last week, click here and here.

TO THE REPORT!

AUSTRALIA:
The Syndey Blue Sox lost a doubleheader to the Perth Heat in the ABL Preliminary Final to get swept out of the playoffs.  Yep.  Game one was rained out and they played a doubleheader for the playoffs. 

Craig Anderson was the game one starter for Sydney.  He pitched well, but got a no decision.  Chris Snelling played in both games, but left for a pinch runner in the second inning of game two.  According to the play-by-play, Snelling tagged from second and made third base on a flyball to center and was replaced.  I hope he didn’t get hurt again.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX:
Craig Anderson: 6.oIP, 5H, R, 2BB, K, No Decision
Chris Snelling: 2g, 2-for-4, 2B, single, walk

VENEZUELA:
Navagantes Magallanes defeated Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuela Championship Series 4 games to 3 with former Rattler Carlos Maldonado (1997, 1998, 1999) providing a big spark for Magallanes in the deciding game. (Highlights of Game Seven from ESPN Desportes HERE).  Also, Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the call to appear in a game for Magallanes after pitching for Zulia in the Venezuelan regular season.

MAGALLANES:
Carlos Maldonado: 13g, .243/.420/.378; HR, 6RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 0-0, 15.00ERA; 1g, 1gs; 3.0IP, 7H, 5R, BB, K

LARA:
Oswaldo Navarro: 5g; .125/.222/.500; HR, 3RBI
Luis Valbuena: 23g; .341/.412/.549; 4HR, 21RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38; 5g; 2.2IP, 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00; 12g; 10.2IP, 3BB, 13K

The Caribbean series stated over the weekend.  The Dominican Republic is off to a 3-0 start in the four-team, double round robin tournament. Follow the series on this site off the main mlb.com site.

Efrain Nieves has appeared in a game for Puerto Rico.  Austin Bibens-Dirkx is on the roster for Venezuela, but has not appeared in a game yet.

PUERTO RICO:
Efrain Nieves: 1g, IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K

1994 Foxes Home Game #16 – May 20

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Andy McCormack
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: Light Breeze, 81°
ATTENDANCE: 1,827
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In game #15, Brett Hinchcliffe pitched eight strong innings and Chad Dunavan hit a two-run homer to help the Foxes beat South Bend 3-2 in 1:57.  Would the pitching continue to dominate as the temperatures reached above the 80-degree mark for the first time in the 1994 season?  READ ON!

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Scott Smith – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jim Clifford – 1b

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Sandy McKinnon – lf
Jason Evans – rf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – 3b
Bob Mumma – 1b
Juan Thomas – dh
Byron Matthews – cf
Wil Polidor – ss

Tim Harikkala would set down the Silver Hawks in order in the first, second, and third innings.

Oh, look! It’s Chad Dunavan with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the third.  Second homer in as many days for Dunavan and the Foxes are up 1-0.
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Harikkala got the first two outs of the fourth, but issued a walk to Frank Menechino before getting Julio Vinas to fly out to end the inning.

The Foxes struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez singled and went to second on an errant pickoff attempt.  Raul Ibanez singled to center to drive in A-Rod.  Later in the inning, a two-out single by Alex Sutherland knocked in Ibanez from second base and Appleton was up 3-0.
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Harikkala walked Greg Norton to start the fifth inning.  Norton stole second and scored on a single by Bob Mumma.  The single by Mumma was the first hit of the game off Harikkala.  Mumma also wound up at second on the throw to the plate.  That didn’t help him.  Harikkala picked Mumma off second for the first out of the inning and retired the next two batters to get  out of the fifth with a 3-1 lead. 

After a 1-2-3 sixth, Harikkala worked around one out singles by Vinas and Norton in the seventh to keep the lead at two runs.  He worked a 1-2-3 eighth and turned the game over to Matt Mantei to start the ninth.

Before getting to the top of the ninth, a quick retrospective of the Foxes offense after the fourth inning: 

  • Guevara walked with two outs in the fifth
  • Sutherland singles with two outs in the sixth
  • Barger reached on an error and Scott Smith was hit by a pitch in the seventh
  • Brian Wallace singled with two outs in the eighth

Got it?  Good.

Mantei allowed a single to Jason Evans to start the top of the ninth.  But, Menenchino grounded into a force out at second base.  Vinas popped out to Wallace in foul territory at third.  Norton flew out to Barger in center and the Foxes won their second straight home game.

MANTEI SAVES!
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FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 3H, R, 2BB, 2K, WIN

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-4, RUN
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4, RUN, RBI
Frank Menechino: 0-for-3, WALK
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This game started at 7:05pm and ended at 9:06pm.  A very snappy 2:01 for the time of game.

Andy McCormack was the second straight South Bend starting pitcher to go deep in a game, but lose.  He went seven innings, allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight Foxes, but took the loss.

The Foxes are 10-6 through their first sixteen home games of the 1994 season after this win over the Hawks.

Back with home game #17 on Friday with a starting pitching matchup of Ryan Franklin for the Foxes against Scott Eyre for the Silver Hawks.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #15 – May 19

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 19
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Brian Woods
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchcliffe
CONDITIONS: Clear, 75°
ATTENDANCE: 748

In game #14, the Foxes lost their second straight home game.  It was also the second straight home game in which they had allowed more than ten runs.  Brett Hinchcliffe was on the hill to take on the role of stopper.  Would he do it?  Read on!

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Alex Sutherland – dh
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Chad Dunavan – rf
James Clifford – 1b

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Sandy McKinnon – lf
Jason Evans – dh
Frank Menechino – 2b
Julio Vinas – c
Greg Norton – 3b
Nilson Robledo – 1b
Shawn Buchanan – rf
Byron Matthews – cf
Wil Polidor – ss

The highlight of the first two innings was Brett Hinchcliffe striking out the side in order in the top of the second.
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But, in the third, the Silver Hawks scored twice.  A double by Wil Polidor and an infield single by Sandy McKinnon put runners on the corners.  McKinnon stole second.  Then, an RBI grounder by Jason Evans scored Polidor while McKinnon stayed put at second.

McKinnon would steal third and score on a triple by Frank Menechino for a 2-0 South Bend lead.

The Foxes answered in the bottom of the third.  Giomar Guevara drew a leadoff walk.  Chad Dunavan followed with a home run to center to tie the game 2-2.
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Alex Rodriguez started the fourth inning with a double.  Raul Ibanez moved Rodriguez to third with a fly ball to center.  Brian Wallace gave the Foxes the lead with a double to drive in A-Rod.

94wallaceHinchliffe allowed two base runners after the Foxes took the lead.  Neither of those runners made it past first.  He struck out seven, walked none, and allowed six hits in eight innings.

The Foxes did have three base runners against South Bend starter Brian Woods the rest of the game, only one reached second.  That would have been James Clifford, who doubled with one out in the eighth.

Matt Mantei came on in the top of ninth inning and struck out the first two batters before getting Julio Vinas to fly out to Dunavan in right field to end the game.
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FOXES PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Chad Dunavan: 2-for-3, HR, single, RUN, 2RBI
Brett Hinchcliffe: 8IP, 6H, 2R, 0BB, 7K, WIN

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 2B, RUN
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-3
Frank Menechino: 3-for-4, 2B, two singles, RBI

This game started at 6:35pm.  It was over at 8:32pm.  Just one hour and fifty-seven minutes on a warm May evening at Goodland Field.

The win moved the Foxes’ home record to 9-6 through 15 games.

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may18southbendscoresheet

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1994 Foxes Home Game #14 – May 18

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 18
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
SILVER HAWKS STARTING PITCHER: Wayne Lindemann
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Sunny, 68°
ATTENDANCE: 858

montane94The Foxes had a terrible, no good, horrible, really bad ninth inning against Kane County in home game #13.  Then, they went on the road for eight games.  May 17 was an off day as the team regrouped to face South Bend.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

SILVER HAWKS LINEUP:
Byron Matthews – cf
Jason Evans – lf
Frank Menechino – 2b
Nilson Robled0 – 1b
Greg Norton – 3b
Andre Newhouse – dh
Shawn Buchanan – rf
Bob Mumma – c
Jimmy Reyes – ss

The Silver Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning.  They had runners at second and third with one out.  Shawn Buchanan’s grounder to short was booted by Alex Rodriguez to let the runner from third score.

In the third, Byron Matthews singled to start the inning and an error by Marcus Sturdivant in left allowed Matthews to take third base.  Jason Evans followed with an RBI single, 2-0 South Bend.

In the fourth, South Bend had two on with one out and Bob Mumma hit a three-run home run to left, 5-0 South Bend.

In the fifth, Evans singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a grounder by Nilson Robledo, 6-0 South Bend.

Montane was done after the fifth inning and Robin Cope entered for a scoreless sixth.

The Foxes bats got going in the bottom of the sixth.  Giomar Guevara reached on an error.  Rodriguez singled to put runners on the corners.  Brian Wallace grounded out to third with two outs, but a wild throw let Guevara score.  Alex Sutherland was next and he doubled in a pair of runs.
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Chad Dunavan struck out, but reached on a passed ball to keep the inning alive.  Sturdivant singled in Sutherland and the Foxes had cut the South Bend lead to a pair of runs.  That was it for Wayne Lindemann.  Toby Lehman took over on the mound and got the final out of the frame.

BUT, the Silver Hawks struck again in the seventh.  They put the first two runners on base.  Robledo bunted and Cope threw wildly to let a run score.  A walk to Greg Norton loaded the bases and ended Cope’s day.

Dean Crow took over for the Foxes and allowed a two-run single to Andre Newhouse, 9-4 South Bend. What do you think, manager Carlos Lezcano?
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An intentional walk to Mumma was sandwiched between a pair of outs.  Then, Crow hit Mathews to force in a run, 10-4 South Bend.

The Foxes went down in order in the seventh and eighth.  Then, the ninth inning blues started again for the Foxes bullpen.

Greg Theron gave up a single and a walk with one out.  Evans clubbed a three-run homer to right, 13-4 South Bend.

What do you think, pitching coach Juan Eichelberger?
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Sturdivant did collect a one out double in the bottom of the ninth, but that was it.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Marcus Sturdivant: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, RUN, K, error
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-3, K

Appleton’s defense committed four errors in the game.

On the scoresheet, Cope is charged with four earned runs.  But, by my count, he should not have been charged with any earned runs.  I should check with Howe Sportsdata to see if that ever got corrected.

This was the second straight home loss for the Foxes.  They are 8-6 through their first 14 home games of the 1994 season.

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may18foxesscoresheet

may18southbendscoresheet

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